Thursday, November 27, 2008

Jill Biden Expected to Continue Teaching

Politico: And now it appears Biden, 57, could become one of the nation's few second ladies to hold down a job while her husband occupies the office of the vice presidency.

Mary Doody, an English teacher at Delaware Technical and Community College who has worked with Biden for the 15 years she’s been on staff, said there is “no question” that Biden will continue teaching after completing the fall semester.”

“She’ll still teach in the spring, but hopefully somewhere near Washington,” added Doody, who said she’s discussed the issue with Biden. “And I know that she would definitely teach at a community college.”

Traditionally, second ladies stick to volunteer work and have had much lower profiles than first ladies. But the role has changed as the vice-presidential office has gained power during the past few administrations.

Lynne Cheney has been a senior fellow at a conservative think tank and has written five children’s books and a memoir during the nearly eight years her husband, Vice President Dick Cheney, has been in office. Tipper Gore continued to speak out against violent and sexually explicit lyrics and images in pop culture while her husband, Al Gore, was the vice president. But neither second lady left the Naval Conservatory every day to go to a paid job.